November 30, 2018
Introductory comment: Following Diocesan Convention in October, Bishop Scanlan asked a group of lay and clergy members of the diocese to reflect on what we heard about the Bishop’s vision for the diocese as it was articulated in her convention sermon and address. We, the members of the Bishop’s Address Team, commend, therefore, our reflections on her vision to you, for your own reflection and action.
The Bishop’s vision illuminates the possibilities for the future The Bishop’s vision for the diocese is that “we will, through a process of discernment, experimentation, creativity and collaboration, come to a renewed sense of God’s call to us”, that we can be “the Body of Christ, working for and worshipping God, in a way that is vibrant and right-shaped for us.”
How will we manage to move into the future? Discovery, Experimentation, Creativity and Collaboration. These four tools can allow God’s renewed call to us can emerge within us.
Jesus’ way is the Way of Love Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. These are the Lord’s practices.
What next, then? Discerning God’s actions and God’s will empowers us to encounter what surprises God has in store for us. We come, fully expectant and open to discovering what surprises God has in store. United by Jesus’ practices of the Way of Love, we can be built up into a united people, formed into His image and gifted with a common voice and a common witness to the Good News of God in Christ, as God’s call to us is worked out in the contexts of our own communities, parishes and convocations.
Onward! God’s Kingdom is in our midst. God’s call is ever new. Let us simply shine God’s light upon it and celebrate the love, the grace, the healing and the restorative power it offers.
Members of the Bishop’s Address Team Mr. David Empson, Christ Church, Coudersport Ms. Jane Gable, St. Luke’s, Altoona The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson, St. Andrew’s, Shippensburg The Rev. Canon Edward Messersmith, Retired, Cornwall Mr. J. Patrick McCloskey, St. John’s, Huntingdon The Rev. Michael Nailor, Deacon, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg Ms. Sarah McKeag Reid, Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport The Rev. Brenda Taylor, Deacon, St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley, Harrisburg The Rev. Gene Tucker, Chair, St. John’s, Huntingdon Ms. Charlotte Weaver-Gelzer, St. John’s, Lancaster